Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Border Crossing Security Council, was inaugurated on Wednesday. , the work of the eighth session of the Dubai International Project Management Forum, which is organized by the Authority. Roads and transport in collaboration with the Project Management Institute: «PMI», the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DB World, and the International Institute for Education IIL, the educational partner, under the slogan “Enhancing the Quality of Life”.
The current session of the forum attracts more than 2,000 participants, and 55 international and regional speakers, through 50 sessions, panel discussions and keynote addresses, dealing with many topics related to future trends in project management, and its role in improving the quality of life for residents and visitors.
On his arrival at Madinat Jumeirah Arena, His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was received by Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority. A group of international experts specializing in the field of project management.
His Highness and the audience watched a short film about the Dubai International Project Management Forum, which shed light on the construction and development process in the Emirate of Dubai.
During the opening, Dr. Peter Diamandis, founder and CEO of “XPRIZE”, a leader in the design and management of incentive competitions, gave the keynote address to the forum, in which he spoke about the main acceleration technologies contributing to the transformation of all sectors, including the fast and continuous development of capabilities Computing, communications and the development of G5 and G6 satellite network technologies, as well as artificial intelligence technologies.
His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, accompanied by Mattar Al Tayer, honored the organizing partners of the forum, which are the Project Management Institute (PMI), Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, and DB World. His Highness also honored ENOC. and Nakheel Group for the strategic sponsor category of the forum Dubai Municipality, FAMCO and Qatar Insurance for the Platinum Sponsor category, Etisalat Group of &e and Wade Adams Contracting LLC for the Gold Sponsor category, Khatib & Alami, and Company CDM Smith, and Dollar Rent a Car for the Silver Borg category. The honor also included sponsors in other categories, namely SAS, United Motors and Heavy Equipment Company, Al Zarooni International Equipment, and Al Zarooni International Equipment Company. RTC for Roads and Traffic Engineering, Planesware, the technology sponsor, the International Institute for Education (IIL), the educational partner, and His Highness Dr. Peter Diamandis, the main speaker of the forum, honored.
His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum paused at a large mural, which included photos of 15 prominent projects in Dubai, registered on the Guinness World Records list, including Ski Dubai, the largest indoor ski resort in the world, and The Dubai Mall.», the largest mall, Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, «Dubai Metro», the longest driverless metro in the world, «Maracle Garden Dubai», the largest natural flower garden in the world, Gevora Dubai, the tallest hotel in the world, and the Dubai Frame The largest building in the form of a frame, the Palm Fountain, the largest fountain in the world, and the “Office of the Future”, the first commercial building to be 3D -printing technology has been printed The list also includes “Deep Dive Dubai”, the deepest diving pool, and “Ain Dubai”, the largest wheel views in the world, and the “Aquaventure” water city, which includes the largest number of water slides, and the complex. of power production and desalination plants in Jebel Ali, the largest desalination facility in one location, and the Al Qudra cycle path, the longest continuous cycle path.
The mural also contains facts and figures about the progress of the Dubai International Project Management Forum in its last seven sessions, as the days of its convocation reached 26 days, attended by 11,000 people from 45 countries, during which 370 speakers spoke and 30 delivered keynotes. speeches, and included 26 discussion sessions and 126 concurrent sessions. And 10 workshops, 33 specialized training courses and 12 closed sessions. The forum also witnessed the organization of 17 technical visits and 16 case studies.
Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, said: “The Dubai International Project Management Forum, in its eighth session, will discuss many topics related to future trends in project management, and its role. in improving the quality of life for residents and visitors, innovation and sustainability in project management. and the management of major sporting events.
He added: “Project management is one of the effective tools in managing and organizing business in public and private sector institutions, and the rapid technological changes have contributed to changing the rules of project management, business and the economy. The forum shows how to implement smart, sustainable and innovative practices in project management to ensure the best results.” .
Sessions and speakers
The eighth session of the forum includes (35) sessions, (5) panel discussions, (3) keynotes, (6) concurrent sessions, (4) dialogue meetings, (6) advanced courses and (6) visits. On the field, this session attracts more than 2,000 participants, and the list of speakers includes more than 55 prominent names worldwide and locally, an increase of 25% over the last session of the forum, and they represent many economic and commercial sectors .
Quality of life policies
Participants in the first discussion session of the Dubai International Project Management Forum emphasized that the wise leadership of the UAE has put concern for people, community development and improving the quality of life for citizens and those living on its soil at the forefront. of his priorities.
And they added, during the special session discussing the theme of “Community Development and Improving the Quality of Life”, that the policies, legislation and strategies adopted by the UAE government are all aimed at improving the quality of life according to a flexible, updated and comprehensive system that constantly changes and develops for the benefit of serving people and achieving well-being on the land of the Emirates. .
This took place during the session, which was attended by Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development, Ahmed Abdul Karim Julfar, Director General of the Community Development Authority in Dubai, and Salama Al Amimi, Director General of the Community Contribution Authority – together – in Abu Dhabi, and it was presented by the media, Mays Al Harbi.
Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid, a member of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Community Development, said that the United Arab Emirates has in mind the development of individuals and the achievement of well-being for citizens and those who live on its soil, and that man is the main axis at the heart of government policies that have set the country since the establishment of the union in the hands of the leader The founder, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God bless his soul.
She added that the UAE achieved very advanced performance and figures in global competitiveness indicators, as it was at the top of the countries achieving 156 global indicators, and was among the top 10 countries achieving 432 indicators which in their entirety keep improving the quality of life and Community Development.
And she continued: “We now have policies dedicated to quality of life, and that there are 120 executive directors in the agencies and departments that are concerned with quality of life.”
For his part, Ahmed Abdul Karim Julfar, Director General of the Community Development Authority in Dubai, spoke about the most important elements of community development that the Community Development Authority focuses on, how they affect the quality of life of individuals, and the contribution of all applied decisions and policies, whether development -, economic or social. In the quality of life of individuals, and accordingly, community development is a general and comprehensive concept.
He said that the government gives priority to the protection, integration and empowerment of the groups most vulnerable to harm in social life, especially in education and rehabilitation, to facilitate their entry into the labor market according to their abilities, and to support to be productive individuals who progress. sustainable development.
Salama Al-Amimi, for his part, emphasized that there is a close relationship between the quality of life and community development, and that the Emirate of Abu Dhabi not only sees the quality of life in the development of infrastructure and economic development, but also believes that community development is the basis is for the quality of life.
And she said that the safety indicators exceeded 90%, and the percentage of general satisfaction with life reached 71%, according to the questionnaires, noting that the UAE has strong points in achieving a quality of life, in addition to general satisfaction and happiness
“Industry and Innovation”
On a related level, the discussion session on the topic “Industry and Innovation” on the first day of the Dubai Project Management Forum discussed infrastructure, industry, innovation and technology and their role in human progress, and how innovation supports the quality of life.
The session, moderated by journalist Richard Dean, was attended by Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of the Dubai Future Foundation, Omran Sharaf, Assistant Minister of State for Advanced Science and Technology Affairs, and Professor Carlo Ratti, Director of the “Sensible “City” laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-founder of the “Carlo” office.Rati Assuchati.
Khalfan Belhoul touched on how innovation is widely used in the Emirate of Dubai, where the Dubai Future Foundation was founded, which built the most beautiful building on earth, (Museum of the Future), adding that innovation requires human efforts to continuously research provide , and it is also good for it to be Participants in this business come from diverse scientific and cultural backgrounds, as we are always developing local skills and attracting international skills.
On the other hand, Imran Sharaf focused on always working to link foreign policy with regional and national priorities, and the UAE’s experience in innovation through the Emirates Mars Exploration Project, the “Probe of Hope”, which its mission on launched 20 July 2020. .
As Professor Carlo Ratti said, innovation in projects needs a clear methodology, as well as a focus on identifying risks and identifying success as well.